Self-Compassion and Perceptions of Judgement: Do Self-Compassionate People Perceive Others as Judging them Less?

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Bobbi Sampson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Ashley Allen

Abstract: This study investigated whether self-compassionate people perceive others as judging them less self-compassionate people. Based on previous research showing that self-compassionate people judge themselves less, I hypothesized that they would also feel less judged by others. In addition, I hypothesized this effect would be stronger when the participants were in a condition that was their fault. Participants (N=138) were randomly assigned to two conditions: fault or no-fault. The fault and no-fault conditions consisted of two counter-balanced scenarios (failure vs. weight). Participants rated high self-judgments in the weight scenario than the failure scenario. Also, self-compassionate participants perceived their friends as judging them less in the weight scenario than the failure scenario Our results showed that self-compassionate people perceived the average college student as judging them less in the failure and weight scenario compared to less self-compassionate people. Our results found partial support for our hypothesis that self-compassionate participants would perceive less judgement from others. This relationship was more pronounced for the weight scenario than the failure scenario.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2016
Self-Compassionate People, Judgement, Judging, Less Self-Compassionate People, Self-Judgement, Fault, Failure, Weight,

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